The Road To Success

Everyone gets discouraged. When the scale doesn’t move, you aren’t seeing any changes, and a moment of eating the wrong things and missing a workout can throw off your whole week, but don’t let it!!!  When you start to feel discourage, or doubt slips into your mind, stop and counter those thoughts with trladderuth.  The truth is, every day you make a positive choice you are better then you were yesterday, and every step up the ladder of success you get closer.  Stop looking at the end result as the goal and start looking at every positive choice as something you’ve conquered.  Don’t aim for perfection but “Be the Best You Can Be”.  One day at a time and one choice at a time.

I (Shannon) will be posting my story in the next couple days and I’ve got to tell you this could be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.  I spent my life discouraged A LOT over my weight and it goes way back!  The issues were deeper then I even knew and sharing my journey, as hard as it is will hopefully help someone. I know now that it isn’t about wearing a size 2, and it’s not about winning a race, this is about being the best version of me I can be.  I limited what I was capable of and more importantly what God is capable of !

One of my first mountains on this journey was vegetables.  I honestly didn’t like them unless they were smothered in cheese or covered in butter.  I started by adding shredded zucchini into things like chili and pasta sauce and using spinach in my salads (hiding them like a little kid).  One of my favorite veggie sides is mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Now I really LOVE cauliflower (honestly I can’t even believe I just typed that)  Here are some ways I love my veggies!

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If you have any delicious ways you eat your veggies we would love to hear them!  Also, I want to know what some of your mountains have been on your journey to success!

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

Who’s Ready for an Amazing Week?

Are you ready?  We’re ready, let’s motivate each other and all those around us to make God proud!

We have a great quick video for you that puts everything into perspective.  We don’t exercise and eat well to be super models but to bring glory and honor to God.  He gives us one amazing body to use for this short time on earth and He tells us, “  19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Let the focus of the week be on making God proud with our choices!

We love Francis Chan!!

It’s hard to follow that amazing teaching but now it’s time to move our bodies!!  I have a simple challenge for you 100 burpees, 100 push ups, and 100 sit-ups you can break it up however you need to but DON’T take a shower before you do thisWinking smile

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Becca and I both love our plain Greek yogurt. Please don’t buy the sugar loaded version, just add your own sweetener and fruit or make our recipe below!!  These ingredients are always in my house so I have no excuse not to grab something healthy when I’m hungry.  This also travels well just keep the cereal on the side!

Yogurt Crunch!

1 cup of Plain Greek yogurt

Any fruit – strawberries, bananas, and blueberries are my favorite

1/4 cup of Kashi Go lean crunch

any sweetener of your choice

and the secret ingredient is Chia seeds, if you haven’t tried these wonderful little seeds you must!  There are so many reasons you will love them, go here for the health benefits of the chia seed.  Try Chia seeds in your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, even pancake batter (your kids will never know).

Go out today and make God ProudSmile

Love, Shannon

Give God 2013

This is just a mason jar with a little quote “Let go Let God!”  it’s surrounded with bible verses I’ve hand written that have impacted me and are my reminders from God.   let go let God jar_thumb[4]

Such as “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  2 Corinthians 3:17

“22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-2 and many more.                                                                    

I’ve started putting my struggles at the feet of God knowing that I can do all things in His strength rather then being frustrated and struggling in my own.  This will sit in our kitchen as a reminder to rely on God in 2013 not just for me but for my whole family.  I hope we fill it to the brim with all our fears, worries, and stress.  Then next year on January 1st, 2014 we can all look back and see how awesome and faithful God has been taking our burden’s and making them light!

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30

Happy New Year, ShannonWinking smile

Set Your Goals!

This is us Becca on the left and me, Shannon on the right.  Not our best look, we would much rather be seen as fashionable, hot moms but this picture means so much more then meets the eye!  becca and shannon

We are cousins and I’ve looked up to Becca since I can remember.  Becca is two years older then me and I’ve always thought of her as a sister.  Our lives are full of crazy stories and many highs and lows which we plan on sharing as we journal our story, but back to this picture.  It all started with a dream.

Becca’s husband and brother have done a ‘kind-of’ team triathlon for the past several years that consists of a 1 mile sprint, a 1.5 mile canoe, a 14 mile bike ride, and finishes with a 5k.  It all started with a challenge from the boys that we could never beat them.  So we signed up and we began to train.

We put in the work, we sprinted, we ran far, we lifted weights, and even borrowed friends bikes since we both haven’t rode bikes since elementary school!  We started out slow but we got stronger and faster quicker then we ever thought possible and it was time to beat the boys!

This is the day that two moms in their mid 30’s came in second place for the female teams.  The boys only beat us by a couple minutes but you could tell they were scared and probably would have rather died on the course then get beat by us!  The moral of this story is focus on your dream, do the work, and I promise you will have success!

With Love, Shannon

Leftovers–Stomach or trash?

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I spent 33 years of my life never wanting to “waste” food until this question came to me while staring at the most delicious leftover birthday cake.  Is the left over birthday cake better in my stomach or the trash?  Is eating it really NOT wasting it?  Wow….can we say epiphany?  Birthday’s, parties, special events, and the like are wonderful celebrations and usually come with wonderful food that is terrific on occasion but not for 3 to 4 days following the event.  Here’s my new rules for parties and any time “treats” land themselves in my kitchen.  If baking your all time favorite dessert is going to cause you undue stress and over consumption “DON’T MAKE IT”  try making something you can’t sample before you even get to the party, such as cookies and bars.  Whatever you do don’t bring home leftovers and if the event is at your house give it away to those wonderfully skinny people who don’t have to worry about itSmile with tongue out  Then if you still end up with leftovers you have three options.  #1 Let you and your family consume unhealthy amounts of sugar and fat for the next couple days, #2 Freeze it in tiny portions for a later time when you need something sweet and rather then baking an entire bach of something that little frozen cookie might just hit the spot.  #3 Throw it away – easier said then done but try it it’s soooo empowering!!!  Tell me what your tricks are?